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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Ben Matheson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

Spending Bill Includes Contract Support Costs

A spending bill advancing in the US Senate includes full funding for Alaska Native health care providers’ contract support costs. That’s an area of native health care that’s been underfunded even though the supreme court has repeatedly ruled in favor of tribes.

June 29, 2015

Weather Temporarily Gives Firefighters An Edge in Aniak

Aniak and Chuathbaluk are receiving favorable winds today, cutting down on the smoke and fire danger. The fire across the river from Aniak has grown to 27,000 acres.

June 26, 2015
Partial Evacuations Underway in Aniak and Chuathbaluk

Partial Evacuations Underway in Aniak and Chuathbaluk

The latest figures show 21 new fires were logged in Alaska yesterday. That brings the total to nearly 300, which are burning almost 945 square miles. Fires are growing quickly in the middle Kuskokwim.

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June 25, 2015
Crews Stage in Kalskag to Quell An Upshot in Wildfires

Crews Stage in Kalskag to Quell An Upshot in Wildfires

Fire officials are moving crews off the Whitefish Lake fire to Lower Kalskag as a staging area for protecting homes and other communities threatened by fires. Crews had been working to establish a fire line on the northern edge, but are now changing strategy.

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June 23, 2015
First Drift Opening on Lower Kuskokwim Today

First Drift Opening on Lower Kuskokwim Today

The Kuskokwim River’s first 6-inch drift opening happens Monday afternoon from the Johnson River down to the refuge boundary at the mouth of the river. It runs from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015.

June 22, 2015
Kuskokwim community King harvest permit program underway

Kuskokwim community King harvest permit program underway

A community permit system for a limited Kuskokwim king salmon harvest begins on Wednesday. 32 communities are eligible for the permit and so far 16 communities are signed up and a few still pending for the 7,000-fish king salmon permit fishery.

June 10, 2015
Kuskokwim River Residents Face Early Season Restrictions

Kuskokwim River Residents Face Early Season Restrictions

King salmon are beginning to show up on the Kuskokwim River. All eyes are on the few kings that are appearing in the Bethel Test Fishery and in subsistence fishermen’s nets during limited 4-inch openings. At a Wednesday work session of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group, members prepared for more restrictions as the run picks up and a limited directed harvest.

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June 5, 2015
Crews Battle 14,000-Acre Fire Near Kalskag

Crews Battle 14,000-Acre Fire Near Kalskag

More than 100 firefighters are battling a wildfire south of Kalskag that started Sunday from lightening. It has grown to 14,200 acres.

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June 4, 2015
(Photo by Dean Swope)

YKHC Offers $20K for Information on PATC Fire

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is upping a reward to $20,000 for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for the fire that destroyed the PATC alcohol treatment center. They previously offered a $5,000 reward.

June 4, 2015
Crews Battle 2500 Acre Wildfire Near Whitefish Lake

Crews Battle 2500 Acre Wildfire Near Whitefish Lake

More than 80 firefighters are battling a 25-hundred acre blaze near Whitefish Lake. The fire south of Kalskag and the Kuskokwim River is one of about a dozen that were started by lightening on Sunday.

June 3, 2015

Pilot Identified in Fatal Plane Crash

State Troopers have identified the pilot who died when a Yute Air plane went down on the Kwethluk River. Megan Peters is a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers, which responded to the scene 40 miles southeast of Bethel.

June 3, 2015

Wreckage of Yute Air Plane Found

Searchers have found the wreckage of the Yute Air plane that’s been missing since Saturday morning. A team Sunday evening spotted the Cessna 207 in the Kwethluk River, about 40 miles southeast of Bethel.

June 1, 2015

Bethel settles out of court with Wassillie Gregory

Wassillie Gregory and the City of Bethel have settled out of court related to an incident in which the man was roughly arrested by a former Bethel police officer in the AC parking lot.

May 20, 2015
First Kuskokwim Restrictions Expected May 21

First Kuskokwim Restrictions Expected May 21

Expecting another poor king salmon run, the first fishing restrictions are expected to go into effect on May 21st. With the lessons learned from 2014, managers hope to bring enough king salmon to spawning grounds and allow for limited fishing along the way.

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May 18, 2015

Court Overturns Wassillie Gregory’s Conviction

A judge has dismissed the harassment conviction of a man who was roughly arrested by a former Bethel police officer in the AC parking lot. Judge Bruce Ward approved the application Monday for post conviction relief filed by Wassillie Gregory’s attorney after video surfaced last month.

May 12, 2015

Tuluksak Man Shoots Three, No Major Injuries

A Tuluksak man shot three people, including a tribal police officer Wednesday evening.

May 11, 2015

Teacher Charged with Felony Sex Abuse

A teacher in Kwigillingok has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old student.

May 11, 2015
Man Shot by Bethel Police Sentenced for Assault

Man Shot by Bethel Police Sentenced for Assault

A man who was shot by Bethel police after chasing and striking an officer with a baseball bat was sentenced to three years in prison with two suspended. Aaron Moses was sentenced Friday in Bethel Superior Court. Because he’s been in custody since last summer, he will have time served credited to his sentence.

May 11, 2015
Tribal Fish Commission Seeks Management Role

Tribal Fish Commission Seeks Management Role

The path to unified management of Kuskokwim salmon stocks is uncharted, but along the way, the newly established Kuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fisheries Commission wants involvement at each step. That begins with tribal consultation in preparations for another summer of sacrifice. The commission’s inaugural meeting concluded Wednesday in Bethel.

May 7, 2015

Body Recovered Believed to be Akiak Woman

Troopers say the body thought to be an Akiak woman who died last year when a 4-wheeler went into an open hole on the Kuskokwim River near Kwethluk has been recovered.

May 5, 2015